Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

November 1, 1995				   Michael Schneider
						   Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to Get Advanced New Machine

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) will receive first delivery of the newest supercomputing system from Cray Research, Inc. in 1996. Provisionally named "T3E," the new system will succeed the CRAY T3D, introduced at Pittsburgh in 1993, as Cray's entry in the field of scalable, parallel processing, a relatively new and promising approach to scientific computing.

The T3E will be faster and have more memory than the T3D, said Ralph Roskies and Michael Levine, PSC scientific directors, who expect that performance on applications running at PSC will improve three to four times. This will benefit the scientific community nationwide, they said, by providing a powerful new tool that will make a difference on important problems, including turbulence, cosmology, drug design, weather forecasting and global climate change.

Critical to exploiting the potential of scalable, parallel processing, which teams tens to thousands of processors to work simultaneously on one computing job, is the development of applications software. PSC is one of the leading research centers worldwide addressing this need, and the new system will allow the center to build on its successful work with the T3D. Since August 1993, when the first T3D arrived at Pittsburgh, Cray and PSC joined forces in a concerted effort that has made a number of important applications available on the new architecture -- in quantum chemistry, materials science, protein sequence-analysis and other areas.

With the T3E, PSC will extend this work, which has facilitated a new level of scientific productivity with scalable, parallel processing, as exemplified by recent results on Pittsburgh's T3D:

Information (and graphics) relating to these projects and other research at PSC is available on World Wide Web: http://www.psc.edu/science/

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a joint project of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, was established in 1986 by a grant from the National Science Foundation with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its purpose is to develop and make available state-of-the-art high-performance computing for scientific researchers nationwide.

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PSC news release, installation of the CRAY T3D.

PSC news release, arrival of the new Cray T3E.

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